Sporting vs Villarreal
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 14 February 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Jose Alvalade (Lisbon).
Villarreal are struggling badly coming into this first leg of the Europa League R32 tie against Sporting Lisbon.
The Yellow Submarine are winless in ten consecutive outings across competitions and they sit second from bottom in domestic league standings with just 20 points from 23 games. It was a really turbulent campaign so far in the season for Villarreal who saw multiple managerial changes throughout. The team is currently led by Javi Calleja who returned just recently, but is yet to make an impact.
Can Thursday’s Europa League affair against Portuguese heavyweights Sporting Lisbon turn a corner for La Liga strugglers?
The visitors desperately need a confidence-boost injection. They failed to find the back of the net on Friday when they only drew 0-0 away at Real Valladolid.
The Yellow Submarine thus scored only one goal in last four away fixtures in all competitions. They are winless in last 13 games away from Estadio de la Ceramica.
Sporting vs Villarreal: Head-to-head
This will be the first official head to head affair between these two likes.
They met each other in a pre-season friendly in late-July 2016 when neither of teams managed to find the back of the net.
Sporting vs Villarreal: Prediction
Sporting Lisbon cruised their way to the second place in Europa League Group E this term. They only dropped points against Arsenal, beating both Vorskla and Qarabag twice along the way. The Lions were very tough to break down allowing just three goals in six group phase matches.
Since Villarreal were generally struggling for creativity in the final third in this term of Primera, especially on travels, we have to find the value with the 3.00 odds offered for Marcel Keizer’s men to keep a clean sheet here.
Furthermore, Sporting have an impressive home record of 9 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat in 11 Primeira Liga games at Estadio Jose Alvalade. The 2.25 odds offered for the home win are also well worth backing under these circumstances.
Sporting vs Villarreal: Bet Tips
Sporting to win @ 2.25 (5/4)
Sporting to keep a clean sheet @ 3.00 (2/1).